Jan. 7, 2014
Podcast: Thursday Morning Taper
Friday, Jan. 10 -- at Purdue (West Lafayette, Ind.), 6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 -- at Northwestern, vs. Notre Dame, vs. Rutgers (Evanston, Ill.), Noon
The No. 24-ranked University of Michigan women's swimming and diving team (2-3, 1-2 Big Ten) will compete in a pair of meets this week when it travels on the road to No. 20 Purdue (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) for a dual meet on Friday (Jan. 10) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind., and then competes the next day (Jan. 11) in a quad meet against Northwestern (5-3, 1-3 Big Ten), Rutgers (3-1) and No. 25 Notre Dame (4-3) at Norris Aquatics Center in Evanston, Ill.
The two Big Ten foes will be U-M's first conference opponents in more than two months. The last was Indiana on Oct. 25 in Bloomington, Ind. The back-to-back meets mark the first time this season the Wolverines have competed on consecutive days. Michigan recently returned from its annual between-semesters training trip in Key Largo, Fla., and Coral Springs, Fla.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
400-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
200-yard Freestyle Relay
200-yard Medley Relay
400-yard Individual Medley
400-yard Freestyle Relay
U-M is 8-1 all-time against Purdue in dual meets. The two squads have not squared off in the pool since the 2005-06 season when the Boilermakers topped the Wolverines, 156-144, in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that dual, the last matchup was in the 1998-99 season when U-M took a 131-111 advantage in Ann Arbor. Three of the nine all-time duals came during the first three seasons of Michigan women's swimming and diving holding varsity status (1974-1976).
Michigan has competed against Northwestern more than any other Big Ten team in duals, save for Michigan State. The Wolverines and Wildcats have competed 29 times, with U-M holding a 23-6 advantage (U-M and MSU have met 37 times, with 35 Michigan victories). This will be the 23rd consecutive season the two schools have met dating back to the 1991-92 season. U-M has notched four straight wins over the Wildcats.
When the Maize and Blue takes on Notre Dame on Saturday, the Fighting Irish will tie Eastern Michigan as the non-conference opponent Michigan has competed against the most (16 dual meets). The Eagles are not on U-M's schedule this season, so that distinction will carry through the 2013-14 season. The Wolverines are 10-5 all-time against the Fighting Irish in duals, including a 6-1 record in the last seven meetings since 2003-04.
Michigan and Rutgers have only met once in the pool, a 75-56 dual-meet victory for the Wolverines back in the 1977-78 season. Michigan's head coach at the time was Stu Isaac and the win was 22nd in a streak of 29 straight dual meet victories Michigan put together over five seasons. The meet occurred during U-M's fourth season as a varsity program. After this season, future contests between the Wolverines and Scarlet Knights will count as Big Ten meets with Rutgers set to join the conference for the 2014-15 academic year.
U-M has earned a spot in the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll each time the bi-monthly poll has been released this season. The Wolverines are ranked No. 24 in the latest poll (Dec. 10). [ CSCAA ]
Michigan has three of its relays ranked in the top three among Big Ten teams, including a top-ranked 200-yard freestyle relay. The relay of Julia Fiks Salem, Ali DeLoof, Madeline Frost and Zoe Mattingly posted a time of 1:30.40 at the U.S. Winter Nationals (Dec. 5-7).
Michigan entered the U.S. Winter Nationals (Dec. 5-7) with six NCAA provisional times achieved by five different swimmers. By the end of the meet, U-M swimmers added 17 more 'B' cuts for a total of 23.
|Courtney Beidler||200-yard IM||1:57.74|
|Angela Chokran||100-yard breaststroke||1:00.52|
|Kelsey Cummings||1,650-yard freestyle||16:26.54|
|Ali DeLoof||100-yard backstroke||52.95|
|Kayla Douglas||200-yard backstroke||1:58.87|
|Julia Fiks Salem||50-yard freestyle||22.85|
|Marie Georger||200-yard backstroke||1:58.91|
|Claudia Lau||200-yard backstroke||1:57.37|
|Zoe Mattingly||50-yard freestyle||22.90|
|Marni Oldershaw||200-yard IM||1:57.89|
|Jessica Wolf||1,650-yard freestyle||16:29.01|
Four Michigan divers have secured NCAA Zone Qualifying Scores so far this season:
|Carey Chen||One meter||308.85|
|Nicole Honey||One meter||275.33|
|Sarah Kamstra||One meter||302.48|
|Brianna Maroukis||One meter||279.75|
Junior Nicole Honey will match up with her former team when U-M and Rutgers meet on Saturday. The diver spent her first two years in Piscataway, N.J., before transferring to Michigan in the summer of 2013. As a freshman, she was the Rutgers Freshman of the Year award winner. This season at Michigan, she has consistently been a top performer in the diving well.
The No. 20-ranked Boilermakers bring a 5-0 overall and 2-0 Big Ten record into the dual with the Wolverines, along with a first-place finish at the Indiana Intercollegiates -- which Purdue hosted -- and a fourth-place finish at the Ohio State Invitational. Senior Carly Mercer has collected two Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honors this season (Nov. 12 and Nov. 26) and currently owns this season's fastest Big Ten time in the 100-yard freestyle (48.43). The Boilers have a pair of strong divers in redshirt senior Casey Matthews and redshirt sophomore Michelle Cabassol. Matthews was the NCAA champion from three-meters last season and is a two-time All-American. Cabassol was named All-America as a redshirt freshman from three meters. Purdue is led by head swimming coach John Klinge and head diving coach Adam Soldati.
The Wildcats are 5-3 (1-3 Big Ten) and won the TYR Invitational -- hosted in Evanston, Ill. -- so far in 2013-14. NU dropped Illinois 166-133 in the first dual of the season, a school that Michigan does not have on its schedule. Northwestern has a trio of standout underclassmen swimmers in sophomore Julianne Kurke, and freshmen Lacey Locke and Lauren Abbruzzo. Kurke has a pair of top-15 conference times in the breaststrokes; Locke specializes in backstroke; Abbruzzo owns the Big Ten's third-fastest time in the 1,650-yard freestyle this season (16:10.40) and excels in the 400 and 1,000-yard freestyles as well. Head coach Jimmy Tierney is in his 20th season leading the Wildcats and head diving coach Alik Sarkisian is in his seventh season.
The No. 25-ranked Fighting Irish carry a 4-3 record into the dual with the Wolverines along with a Hawkeye Invitational title and second-place finish at the Dennis Stark Relays. Notre Dame's three dual meet losses came to ranked teams (Indiana, Auburn and Purdue). Junior Emma Reaney is one of the top breaststrokers in the country and has been honored by the ACC as its Swimmer of the Week four times in 10 weeks of competition. Brian Barnes is in his sixth season at the helm of Notre Dame's swimming and diving team with Caiming Xie in his 19th season as the head diving coach. The Irish are 1-2 against conference foes this season.
The Scarlet Knights enter Saturday's quad meet with a 3-1 record and a second-place finish at the Frank Elm Invite. Rutgers is led by sophomore Joanna Wu, who swims multiple events, and senior Mary Moser, who is sprint freestyler. In the diving well, senior Nicole Scott is a top scorer for Rutgers and is the school record-holder from the platform. Head coach Phil Spinello is in his fourth season guiding RU and head diving coach Fred Woodruff is in his 21st year.
LAST TIME OUT
The Maize and Blue concluded its annual between-semesters training trip by winning the Orange Bowl Swim Classic (Jan. 3) held at the Jacobs Aquatic Center. U-M swimmers won all 12 events at the Classic and set five meet records: the 200-meter medley relay, the 200-meter freestyle relay, the 50-meter butterfly (Zoe Mattingly), the 50-meter backstroke (Ali DeLoof) and the 200-meter individual medley (Marni Oldershaw). The meet marked the first time the team competed in short-course meters. [ Recap ]
Fri-Sat., Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 -- at Ohio State, vs. Nebraska (Columbus, Ohio), 6 p.m./11 a.m.
Thursday Morning Taper -- every Thursday during competition weeks
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